As a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, JahMed has fostered collaborative partnerships with local public safety agencies within its service regions. This collaborative approach comes to life during local events, where we work hand-in-hand to extend medical support to both patrons and staff. The roots of JahMed trace back to 1996 at the Reggae on the River music festival held at French’s Camp in Humboldt County, California. The brainchild of founding members David Moss and Patte Rae, along with a dedicated volunteer cohort, JahMed was established to cater to the medical requirements of community events.
The original vision transformed in 2011, leading to the formal recognition of JahMed as a State-approved 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. JahMed's organizational structure encompasses specialized divisions including nursing, psych, self-care, responders, medical, and support. Several members of JahMed have lent their expertise to multiple divisions over the years, working in seamless harmony to offer comprehensive care to festival attendees.
At the helm of each division, both current and founding leaders boast extensive experience in event and crisis medicine. Their backgrounds span seasoned first responders, critical care nurses, acute care physicians, and innovative self-care providers.
Reggae on the River was traditionally JahMed's flagship event, drawing the largest crowd each year. We extend medical services to The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in Boonville, California Roots Music and Arts Festival, and Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, and other large festivals. We extend medical services to The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in Boonville, California Roots Music and Arts Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, and other large festivals. JahMed's commitment isn't limited to festivals alone; we participate in numerous single-day events in and around Humboldt County, which serves as the home base for most of our dedicated volunteers.
JahMed takes pride in what we do. JahMed does incredible work and we have great fun doing it! JahMed is a family and we warmly embrace like-minded care providers of all stripes.
Meet the Team
Lee is a board-certified family and geriatric physician who works full-time in Eureka. He has been in practice for over 30 years and has experience in hospital, emergency, and office practice. He supervises the hospital and responds in the field with the first responders and the psych team when necessary.
Joseph has been an active member of JahMed since 2005 and has lived and worked in Humboldt County since 1999. He has over a decade of experience within the emergency medical and fire community. In addition to being a Firefighter/EMT, Joseph also teaches as an EMT lab instructor.
Sean Lyles has been involved in emergency medicine for 25 years. He is one of the night shift charge nurses at the main trauma center in Humboldt County where he has worked for over 17 years. Sean has volunteered with JahMed since 2004 and became the hospital coordinator in 2021.
Sarah Emmert resides in her hometown community of Santa Cruz, CA. Sarah holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Criminology, Law, and Society. She is passionate about equitable social change and working on issues including criminal justice reform and drug and alcohol policy.
Gene oversees JahMed’s “Psych” team and has volunteered in events medicine since 1987. He consulted for Rock Medicine on tour with the Grateful Dead and Phish and served as a Weapons Expert on Man at Arms: Art of War. Gene specializes in responding to intensive psychedelic reactions. He holds a BS degree in Psychology.
Head of Self-Care
Megan James has been a part of JahMed all her life. As Head of Self-Care, she helps people who come for the small comforts that they forgot (but Megan remembered!), like bandaids and hearing protection. She is a business owner in Eureka, CA, a talented hair artist, and natural leader.
In Humboldt County, Mr. Moss managed Reggae on the River, one of the largest reggae music festivals in the Western United States. He also Co-Founded the Reggae Rising Music Festival which started in 2007. As a direct result of these festivals, David Co-Founded Jah Med in 1996 based on the need for quality emergency services at Reggae On The River.